On a surprisingly rainy evening, the Mallards and Barons met for game #1 of the DC Wood Championship series at the beautiful Lake Braddock SS. The Mallards made an early statement as leadoff lefty power hitter, Witkowski, smashed a Home Run to dead centerfield. The Mallards added another run before a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning. In the Home half of the inning, Baron’s leadoff man, G. Ortiz, smacked an opposite-field Home Run to get the Barons in business. Two more runs scored before the end of a busy 1st inning. The Mallards and Barons went tit-for-tat through 3 innings before the Mallards chased the Barons starter and held a 5-4 lead. With a tired bullpen, the Barons turned to Bolden for a reprieve from the Mallards offense. Bolden did not disappoint as he went the rest of the game with no more runs allowed and 8 K’s. The Barons offense finally showed signs of life after sluggish semi-final series and kept the hits coming leading to 13 runs. Rivenbark had 2 doubles with 3 RBI and Bolden helped his cause with a mammoth 3-run Home Run in the 5th inning. Rogers and Shoenfeld also chipped in with a multi-hit game. Richards led the offensive attack for the Mallards with 3 hits. Barons 13, Mallards 5. The series continues on Friday, 8pm at Thomas Jefferson HS.